What Could Put a Dent in Your Career?

With all you have done to get your career to where it is now, you’d hate to see things go by the wayside.

That said are there actions on your end that have the potential to derail your career sooner than later?

If the answer is yes, what steps should you take to try and put such fears aside?

Don’t Throw Away All You’ve Worked for

In doing what it takes to keep your career on the right track, remember a few pointers:

  1. Your attitude is quite important – The kind of attitude you take to your job on a regular basis is key. That said are you going into work each day with the right mindset? Not doing so can open up trouble for you if you are not careful. This means you have the most positive attitude possible. Sure, some workdays are going to be a challenge to say the least. Even when those days arise, do your best to fight through them. When you do, you not only get the job done, you will have a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
  2. Not letting surprises creep into your life – Nothing can be worse for a career than to find an ugly surprise. For example, do you have any outstanding traffic tickets? If so, it is in your best interest to get them taken care of. Doing so can relieve a weight on your shoulders. If not sure about such tickets, let the Internet help you out. You can go online and conduct a ticket lookup. That lookup could alert you to any tickets you forgot about and more. The key then is to get them paid off as fast as you can. You do not want police out looking for you. Delaying the payment can also lead to more costs for you when it comes to fines and so on. By having a good grasp on your past and current happenings, there is less chance you find a bad surprise.
  3. Being a team player – Most employers love having a team player in their midst. As a result, do all you can to be one of those individuals. That means going the extra mile for your employer. He or she is likely to notice such efforts. That can help you out when it comes time to things like job reviews, salary increases and more. Don’t be the person always off to the side or never contributing at company meetings. Whenever you can pitch in to help the team, by all means do it.
  4. Being careless – Finally, you might find surprise to realize how key little things are. You know, showing up for work on time, being courteous to customers and more. Some employees take such things for granted after a period of time. Do your best to in fact remember how important the little things are at the end of the day.

As you look to improve your career standing, what will stand out most to you?